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If a film called The Martian is looking for a director, it only makes sense to run to the man behind Alien. Ridley Scott is in talks to helm the Matt Damon film now that Drew Goddard has left the project to direct the Amazing Spider-Man spinoff Sinister Six. Based on the book by Andy Weir, the story follows an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and must survive until NASA can mount a rescue mission. The Martian marks a significant turning point in Damon’s career: his first stranded-somewhere-all-by-himself movie.
A longtime staple of the thriller genre, almost every big star in Hollywood has made a film in which they must survive on their own in the wilderness, outer space or a confined space, often to great acclaim. In honor of Damon’s first foray into the genre – which, thanks to the involvement of two Oscar winners is already receiving some awards speculation, despite it still being in the early stages of production - we’ve rounded up some of the most famous stranded-alone films and how things worked out for their stars. Awards-wise, we mean. They're all relatively straightforward, plot-wise.
Movie: GravityStar: Sandra BullockWhere She Was Stranded: Outer SpaceWith: George Clooney, for a short whileHow It Worked Out: The film was nominated for ten Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress and won seven of them, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron
Movie: Cast Away Star: Tom HanksWhere He Was Stranded: A deserted islandWith: A volleyball named WilsonHow It Worked Out: Hanks was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar
Movie: BuriedStar: Ryan ReynoldsWhere He Was Stranded: Buried alive in a coffin that's slowly losing airWith: Close-upsHow It Worked Out: No Oscar nominations, although it did earn Reynolds some of the best reviews of his career
Movie: 127 HoursStar: James FrancoWhere He Was Stranded: In a narrow canyon, with his arm trapped by a boulderWith: A video cameraHow It Worked Out: It was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor, and was the basis for an endless stream of jokes about Franco's career
Movie: MoonStar: Sam RockwellWhere He Was Stranded: In a spacecraft orbiting the moonWith: An awkward teenaged water park visitor who just needs some confidence... oh, wait, that was a different movieHow It Worked Out: Was nominated for two BAFTA awards, and won for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for director Duncan Jones
Movie: Panic RoomStars: Jodie FosterWhere They Were Stranded: A panic room in their home as robbers attempt to force them outWith: Her diabetic daughter Kristen StewartHow It Worked Out: No major awards, but it did get very good reviews
Movie: Man on a LedgeStar: Sam WorthingtonWhere He Was Stranded: On the window ledge of a 21st floor hotel roomWith: A lot of press attentionHow It Worked Out: It got mostly negative reviews and everyone promptly forgot about it
Movie: Phone BoothStar: Colin FarrellWhere He Was Stranded: In a phone boothWith: A remarkably poor conversationalist on the other lineHow It Worked Out: No awards, but generally positive reviews
Movie: Life of PiStar: Suraj SharmaWhere He Was Stranded: On a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean With: A tiger named Richard ParkerHow It Worked Out: The film was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 4, including Best Director for Ang Lee
Movie: Snow DogsStar: Cuba Gooding Jr.Where He Was Stranded: In a cave out in the Arctic With: A pack of lovable huskiesHow It Worked Out: The less said about this one, the better
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Here's a feat: taking what is likely the oldest, most well-known story in the world, and making a retelling feel inventive. Over the course of its two-and-a-half-hour runtime, Darren Aronofsky's Noah takes many forms — Tolkien-esque fantasy, trippy psychological thriller, merciless dissection of the dark points of abject faith — never feeling too rigidly confined to the parameters of the familiar tale that we've all experienced in the form of bedtime stories, religious education lessons, and vegetable-laden cartoons. As many forms as the parable has taken over the past few thousand years, Aronofsky manages to find a few new takes.
The director's thumbprint is branded boldly on Russell Crowe's Noah, a man who begins his journey as a simple pawn of God and evolves into a dimensional human as tortured as Natalie Portman's ballerina or Jared Leto's smack head. Noah's obsession and crisis: his faith. The peak of the righteous descendant of Seth (that's Adam and Eve's third son — the one who didn't die or bash his brother's head in with a rock), Noah is determined to carry out the heavenly mission imparted upon him via ambiguous, psychedelic visions. God wants him to do something — spoilers: build an ark — and he will do it. No matter what.
No matter what it means to his family, to his lineage, to his fellow man, to the world. He's going to do it. No matter what. The depths to which Aronofsky explores this simple concept — the nature of unmitigated devotion — makes what we all knew as a simplistic A-to-B children's story so gripping. While the throughline is not a far cry from the themes explored in his previous works, the application of his Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, and Black Swan ideas in this movie does not feel like a rehashing. Experiencing such modern, humane ideas in biblical epic is, in fact, a thrill-ride.
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Although Aronofsky accesses some highly guttural stuff inside of his title character, he lets whimsy and imagination take hold of the world outside of him. Jumping headfirst into the fantastical, the director lines his magical realm with rock monsters — "Watcher" angels encased in Earth-anchored prisons as punishment for their betrayal of God — and a variety of fauna that range in innovation from your traditional white dove to some kind of horned, scaled dog bastardization.
But the most winning elements of Noah, and easily the most surprising, come when Aronofsky goes cosmic. He jumps beyond the literal to send us coursing through eons to watch the creation of God's universe, matter exploding from oblivion, a line of creatures evolving (in earnest) into one another as the planet progresses to the point at which we meet our tortured seafarer. Aronofsky's imagination, his aptitude as a cinematic magician, peak (not just in terms of the film, but in terms of his career) in these scenes.
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With all this propped against the stark humanity of his story — not just in terms of Crowe's existential spiral, but in character beats like grandfather Methuselah's relationship with the youngsters, in little Ham's playful teasing of his new rock monster pet — Aronofsky manages something we never could have anticipated from Noah. It's scientific, cathartic, humane. Impressively, this age-old tale, here, is new. And beyond that feat, it's a pretty winning spin.
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I know, that headline is trouble. You're always treading dangerous ground when you insist on defining what makes a good this or the right kind of that, as if there is no room for change or improvement when it comes to classic properties. Of course there is — Jason Segel's 2011 Muppet film approached the concept from an entirely different direction. It didn't hit all of its marks, but it prevailed overall in its conceit: make a movie not about Muppets, but about Muppet fandom. But Muppets Most Wanted, in absence of a clear mission statement and fueled largely by the monetary glimmers of the sequel game (the film's opening number admits this outright), has fewer marks readily available to hit. Landing in the ambiguity between the classic Muppet adventure formula and Segel's post-modern Henson appreciation party, Most Wanted feels like a failure on both counts. It doesn't know which kind of movie it wants to, or should, be. So it doesn't really be anything.
On the one hand, there's the half-cocked "get-the-band-back-together" through line, mimicking but not quite accomplishing the spirit of the 2011 picture. None of the Muppets are particularly likable or charming in this turn, and even fewer of them actually given anything to do. Kermit loses his s**t in the first act after a spat with Piggy and a barrage of insubordination from his troupe (provoked by the nefarious Dominic Badguy, Ricky Gervais), storms off in a huff, and gets swept up in a case of mistaken identity when his criminal doppelganger Constantine pulls the old switcheroo, landing Kermit in a Russian gulag. You'd think this would be a good opportunity for the second tier of Muppet favorites — Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo, Scooter, Rowlf, et al — to go on a search and rescue... but save for a very brief sequence at the tail end of this achingly long film, none of the other Muppets are giving anything to do. They just hem and haw and perform the occasional "Indoor Running of the Bulls" while Dominic and Constantine scheme, rob banks, and bicker.
Meanwhile, Kermit has some fun in prison — a far more endearing plot that sees him befriending the merry convicts, organizing a penitentiary revue, and even winning the heart of the vicious warden Nadia (Tina Fey). If only we could spend more time with real Kermit and less time with fake Kermit and his second banana Gervais, an effectively boring pair.
On the other hand, though, there's the Muppet shtick that fans of The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island — and yes, The Muppet Show itself — will deem the movie's best material: CIA Agent Sam Eagle and Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) hot on the trail of Constantine and Dominic. Here, we get a different type of Muppet movie entirely from what Segel and the A-plot in Most Wanted are opting: the old fashioned vaudeville act, with Sam standing as an independent entity from his googly-eyed brethren, on a goofy, musical prowl with Burrell that fuels the film with its best and most consistent chuckles. Their "Interrogation Song" number is outstanding, exemplifying the many talents of Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie, who wrote all the music for this and the previous film.
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Unfortunately, Muppets Most Wanted isn't sure that it wants to be The Great Muppet Caper, beheld so stubbornly to its Segelian roots. There's a palpable compulsion to stick with this agonizingly self-aware, nostalgia-crazy, brimming-beacons-of-the-past-in-a-callous-today theme that doesn't work a fraction as well as it did in the 2011 film. Without a legitimate celebration of any of our favorite characters, how could it? With so much going on in this movie, and such a lengthy runtime at just under two hours, it's a sure sign of failure that we walk away feeling like we spent barely any time with the Muppets.
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A semi-professional Colin Farrell impersonator has become embroiled in a bar tab row after a venue's staff mistook him for the actor. James Martin was offered VIP treatment at the Upper West club in Chelsea, London by employees who apparently believed he was the Phone Booth star.
Once it emerged Martin was not the Irish actor an argument ensued, with staff demanding he pay off an alleged $4,800 (£3,000) bar bill.
Upper West owner Alex Nall-Cain tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "All hell let loose when we realised Colin was in fact a lookalike. This imposter took advantage and ran up a bill of over £3,000... it was disgusting behaviour."
Martin insists he did not drink while at the club and was unaware he had been mistaken for the Hollywood star.
He says, "The only victim was me for going there and looking a bit like Colin."
Irish actor Colin Farrell was terrified the first time he made love completely sober, because he was so used to having seedy sex in an alcohol and drug-induced haze. The Phone Booth star, 37, overcame his addiction issues after a stint in rehab in 2005, and he admits it took him a while to fully adjust to a clean-living lifestyle.
He tells Elle magazine, "I made love to a woman about two-and-a-half years after I got clean, and it was one of the most terrifying moments of my life.
"It was in the afternoon. The windows and the curtains were open. It was lovely, and to be crass, it wasn't f**king. She was very gentle. But it was terrifying. Because I was just used to drunkenness and dark rooms and clubs and toilets and wherever."
But Farrell claims his performance in the bedroom wasn't his only worry: "I worried I wouldn't be able to talk, full stop (period). I hadn't uttered a word sober in about 15 years."
Irish actor Colin Farrell was moved to tears while watching his film Saving Mr. Banks. The Phone Booth actor stars alongside Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in the movie about how Disney classic Mary Poppins was adapted for the big screen.
Farrell says Thompson's performance as Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers was so moving that he could not help shedding a tear when he watched a screening of the movie.
After BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw revealed he cried while watching the film, Farrell confessed, "I did too and I'm in it, so how pathetic is that? I think Emma Thompson just rips you from one side of the room to the other emotionally; there's something particularly raw about what she does in this."
Actor Colin Farrell will be spending his first Christmas away from his native Ireland after deciding to invite all of his family to celebrate in Los Angeles instead. The Phone Booth star reveals his mother, Rita, recently wed and she and his new stepfather, Joe, wanted to experience the holidays abroad for a change.
He explains, "Usually (I go home to Ireland), not this year, it'll be the first because mum's gonna be here with Joe... It'll be the first (Christmas in Los Angeles). There'll be about 14 (people) over at my house..."
However, Farrell admits waking up to sun instead of the usual chilly wind and snow on Christmas Day will be a "bit weird", adding, "It's a great time of year, the two weeks around Christmas, I'll miss (spending) it (in Ireland) this year, I must say."
And the father-of-two confesses this Christmas will be a lot less raucous than previous holidays, now that he's clean and sober: "It's not as loud, it's not as chaotic, but I do have more fun now, genuinely, and I can be there for certain people in my life in a way that I couldn't be there before."
Irish actor Colin Farrell has a new stepfather in his life after his mother found love again in her 70s. The Phone Booth star reveals his mum Rita is a newlywed after deciding to tie the knot with a man called Joe following a whirlwind romance.
He tells U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, "She found herself a really good man... They got married six months ago.
"We threw her a wedding. A wedding was thrown in the back garden, so it wasn't very far...
"(They took) the fast track to love. They met... a little over a year ago, and they lived in sin for six months (before marrying)."
Farrell insists he has nothing but love for the new addition to his family, but he couldn't help but have a little fun with the 74 year old before giving Rita and Joe his seal of approval.
The 37 year old says, "I met him and vetted him and asked him what his intentions were... what his future was looking like... we've all got a future! He's a wonderful, wonderful man."
Rita was previously married to the actor's father, Irish soccer player Eamon Farrell.
Irish actor Colin Farrell had a scary run-in with a fan who showed up at his door, hoping to meet him, on Saturday (16Nov13). The Phone Booth star called police after the unarmed man entered onto his Los Angeles property.
The fan was reportedly taken into custody for an involuntary mental evaluation, also known as a 5150 psychiatric hold, following the encounter.
Police have not released the man's name, but editors at TMZ.com report he is not a U.S. citizen.
Farrell brushed off the scare to attend the Governors Awards with his sister, Claudine, on Saturday night, according to GossipCop.com.
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On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 11, Prince Harry took part in a trade for the BGC Partners Charity Day at Canary Wharf in London — an event in memory of those who died during the attacks on the World Trade Center 12 years ago. Harry, realizing the gravitas associated with such an event, made the above face.
Way to go, Harry.
Now that we know that Harry is capable of finding the most appropriate, tactful reaction to any significant phone call that may come his way, we thought we'd test him out with the most heart-wrenching telephonic moments from pop culture — in GIFs, of course.
When Rick Grimes discovered he was talking to his dead wife, Harry was all:Via
As Sam Baldwin sought solace following a broken heart, Harry just:Via
It was the last night of Casey Becker's life and Harry was just like:Via
Harry definitely knows who A is...Via
And Harry knows that Peggy is no Pizza House.Via
When Captain Kirk gets really, really, angry, Harry is all: Via
Harry ain't Jesse, Mr. White!Via
Colin Farrell is hostage in a phone booth, waxing poetic on the perils of trust, and Harry just:Via
Harry's fairly certain Alexis has the wrong number. Via
And he won't take s**t from nobody — not even Regina George. Via
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